Holiday Mom: Rachel

Holiday Mom: RachelMy dear Holiday Child,

I’m so glad you can join us to celebrate Chanukah. Welcome to the family!  Since you’re a newbie, I thought it would be a good idea to give you a rundown on what to expect.

First of all, I hope you brought your appetite!   I will be making my famous potato latkes, along with oven-fried latkes for those of us who don’t want too many fried foods. As for the great applesauce-or-sour-cream debate?  Both, I say!  I make my own applesauce because I like it chunky.   Angela will be making her legendary salmon pie, and there will be a veggie tray.  I may be the only one who eats the veggies, but sugar snap peas are irresistible, to me at least.  For dessert, fruit and donuts (gotta have more fried foods!).  And probably cookies and maybe a cheesecake, depending on what people bring.

You like cats, don’t you?  Max is a lovebug and will be socializing with you within minutes.  Iggy will make an appearance several hours later. They both like to have their chins skritched, so get ready for some quality time with them!  They are very loud purr-ers, and Max likes to photobomb selfies.

And now a few words about the gift exchange:  Please bring a gift of about $10.00, gift-wrapped in an over-the-top fashion and the more awful the better!  We do a variation on “Secret Santa”, with exchanging, negotiating, and lots of noise.  This is one of the highlights of the evening.  Anything with early Justin Bieber is a guaranteed winner, as are ugly coffee mugs, books on topics that don’t interest anyone, etc., etc.  Examples of past hits include a map of Manitoba, a framed internet meme of a potty joke, and a statue of an alien.  If you’re reading this and thinking “Challenge accepted!”, you’ve adopted the right family!  Insert evil laugh here.

Okay, now it’s time for the regular gifts.  We’re big on gift cards, so expect to receive a few.  It’s a variation on the tradition of giving money for Chanukah (a.k.a. Chanukah gelt). You are not expected to bring us anything, just bring yourself.  We will light the menorah and sing Chanukah songs.  Adam Sandler is definitely included on the playlist.

Other things I should probably warn you about:  We have a tendency to break into song at the table.  If this is not in your comfort zone, you can use song lyrics as part of the conversation.  I am not kidding about this!  Also, once you’re on the invite list, you don’t get off the invite list.  It’s like Hotel California. (Here’s where we sing along, starting at “Relax, said the night man, we are programmed to receive”.)  Basically, we don’t want you to leave our gang.  You’re a cool person, and you bring a lot to our family, and the world, just by being you.  Embrace your uniqueness.  It took me a while, but I feel 1000% comfortable within my own skin, and I want that for you, too.

So, that’s about it for now.  Can’t wait to see you as we celebrate the miracle of Chanukah and the miracle of a growing family, this year including you.

Bye for now,

Holiday Mom Rachel 🙂


    • Holiday Mom Rachel says:

      Chag Sameach to you too! The miracle of Chanukah is that we were able to survive with limited resources, but love is unlimited, so there’s plenty for you. ((((Huge hugs))))

  1. Daniel says:

    Hi mom,

    I’m so happy to learn about Chanukah from you, as I’m sure you understand, a lot of us were raised with Christmas. I am very happy to learn new things. I love fried food so don’t worry about that and I’ll take sour cream with my potatoes. I’ll make sure to eat until I’m full, mom, I know that’s every mother’s wish.
    As for the gift exchange, I will definitely be the one to bring a framed meme of “dat boi” because it’s my favorite meme. And I have rainbow wrapping paper to wrap it in too!
    My biological dad is a singer too and sings at the most random times, so I’ll definitely be used to that. Hotel California is actually one of my favorite songs.
    Thank you for letting me into your home this holiday season, it definitely helps to know that people love me for the lovely gay little boy that I am. Thank you.

    Happy New Year!
    Love, Your Sweet Trans Son Daniel

    • Holiday Mom Rachel says:

      Yo Daniel! Eating till you’re full is the best way to win my heart. We are all members of the Clean Plate Club. LOL. The rainbow wrapping paper will fit right in with our wrapping style. We tend to get the cheesiest gift wrapping the dollar store has to offer, which includes anything with cats on them.

      I am always happy to welcome you into my home. You are definitely loved for who you are, because awesomeness should always be appreciated!


      Holiday Mom Rachel

  2. Cassidy says:

    Hi Mom!

    Thank you for your warm welcome into your family this holiday season! Though I’ve never celebrated Chanukah with my biological family, I’ve recently found myself interested in the holiday and wanting to understand why people celebrate it. It would be so fun to understand it with your family this year.

    I can tell you’re all fun-loving people and that just makes me so happy. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and that Max and Iggy give you some extra loud purrs from me!

    Your holiday child, Cassidy

    • Holiday Mom Rachel says:

      Hi Cassidy. So glad you wrote and that you get a chance to experience Chanukah through this site. Our family is getting more mixed as it grows, and so we explain Chanukah (and Passover) every year.

      I hope your holiday season is wonderful and that 2017 brings you so many good things that you spend a lot of time just counting your blessings!

      I will pass on your chin skritches to Iggy and Max. Guests have learned that if they are not forthcoming with chin skritches, Max gets this look of terrible sadness until his emotional needs are met. So much for the myth of cats being stand-offish and aloof. LOL.

      Take care, and huge hugs,

      Holiday Mom Rachel

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